The true answers to all your burning questions
Q: Where does Dead Head come from?
A: Dead Head hails from the Zwolle/Kampen area in The Netherlands.
Q: Is Dead Head on a label?
A: Over last few years we had a really cool partnership with Hammerheart/Petrichor records from The Netherlands. They released our Swine Plague album in 2017 and have also done reissues of several of our older albums. Petrichor is distributed by Napalm Records worldwide.
Q: What is the current line-up of Dead Head?
A: This is the original lineup from 1989: Tom van Dijk on vocals and bass, Ronnie v/d Wey on guitar(left), Robbie Woning on guitar(right) and Hans Spijker on drums.
Q: Are there any former bandmembers?
A: Yes. Ralph de Boer was our singer/bass player for one album and some two years of shows. Drummer Hans Spijker went away for a while and was temporarily replaced by Marco Kleinnibbelink. Marco did two European tours with the band and then original skinbasher Spijker returned to the front. Other people who have helped us out in the past are: Johan Wesdijk (RIP) on vocals, Michiel Dekker on vocals and coaching and Alex Geerts on bass during the preproduction of Haatland.
Q: Is there any unreleased material?
A: On the recent reissues of older albums we’ve included most of the available demo stuff. The upcoming version of Haatland will include a couple of bonustracks as well. Plus, there’s still some older songs that didn’t make it to an album.
Q: Have Dead Head members ever done sideprojects?
A: Yes. The best known one was the doom/death band BEYOND BELIEF. They were around from 1991 until 1996 and released two full length albums, that have recently been reissued by Hammerheart on vinyl and cd. Robbie played guitar in Beyond Belief, Ronnie was one of the two bass players. Beyond Belief did some reunion shows about 15 years ago, but has since been laid to rest.
EQUIMANTHORN – An early black metal outfit that featured Tom van Dijk (vocals and guitar) and Robbie Woning (drums). The band released one demo (Clouds Of Death) in 1990 and performed one gig in the toilet of the old Hedon club in Zwolle.
ASPHYX – Ronnie was involved with Asphyx around recording and touring for God Cries. This tour never happened, because Theo Loomans passed away
Other side projects:
APPLE – The band Hans Spijker started after he left DH in 1992. Apple might be considered a guitar-orientated poser/rockband. They played pretty light but integer rock with great guitarwork. Now defunct.
KILL DIVISION – A band that centered around Tom van Dijk and Hans Spijker. Not to be confused with the Dutch band that released an album on Metal Blade. They played Prong-like catchy and thorough sounding metal. Bassplayer was Rene Bronwasser of C of E. The band also had a DJ for two weeks: Cassius Clay, who can also be heard on C of E’s debutalbum: Protect Me From What I Want. They did one gig at a music store in Zwolle.
ELISE – A classic hardrock / metalband that has been around since 1980. Robbie has been playing guitar in this band since 2010.
JURASSIC PARK – Hans has been drumming for this rockband from the Netherlands for a few years now